Monday, April 12, 2010

Sunshine at last!

Well, it sure is nice to have had some proper blue skies again after weeks of interminable greyness whenever I have wanted to go out and exercise my camera muscles. I hope whoever was on that plane in the pic ended up somewhere nice, or they'll be kicking themselves for missing out on our sunshine.

Not that I have restricted myself to only going out with the camera when clouds aren't about, just that it is much nicer to have blue skies in the shots! Anyone wanting to see more recent things can always click on the picture to end up at Flickr for exciting bus pictures and the like!

Mind you, my thoughts have also been turned on to getting out and about by two recent books.

1 - The Tent, the Bucket & Me by Emma Kennedy. Hilarious recollections of childhood camping holidays, all of which feature assorted disasters and serve to remind me how lucky I was growing up. Unlike the Kennedy clan, our holidays were never under canvas (a school sailing trip to the broads and a cub camp don't count) and we generally ended up on the Norfolk coast rather than Wales or France. Makes me want to go for a look around and see how places have changed though.

2 - Map Addict by Mike Parker. This does pretty much what it says on the tin and looks at all sorts of maps of the UK, focussing mainly on the work of the Ordnance Survey, as well as those who collect them, live by them and so forth. Although I'm not a huge owner of maps, I love to look at them and can easily lose a few hours with an atlas or even a humble street map. The addition of the rest of the UK to Google street view recently is killing me with glimpses of places I have only ever seen as a collection of lines and symbols before and I am planning day trips by the score.


Ishouldbeworking said...

One of my favourite books when I was a kid was my gigantic 'Readers Digest World Atlas', which my Dad got me. I used to port over it for hours. Apparently unusual for a girl, but there you go.

And, hoorah for the sunshine! Isn't it good to see it back?

Simon said...

I should have kept quiet, the world outside is smothered in clouds again today!

But, according to the Radio Times there is a small season of map-related programming on BBC 4 (and HD) next week. Series link set!